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Bug #39923 closed:corrected

Tempest in a Teapot

This bug appeared in a news report published by Food Safety Magazine on Mar 12, 2015. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Simple Factual Error

Citing a now debunked New York Times article, Food Safety Magazine reports, “A sample of powdered tea imported from the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, just southeast of Tokyo, had 9.3 times the legal maximum level of radioactive cesium 137 allowed in food…” 

The erroneous report in the New York Times from which the Food Safety article draws has since been fixed and amended with a correction noting that “The sample had 0.93 percent of the legal limit, not 9.3 times the legal limit. The article also misstated the resolution of the matter. The importer voluntarily withdrew the tea from the market; the Hong Kong government did not ban its sale.” 

I hope Food Safety Magazine will correct its article as well in order to stem any fallout the misinformation has had on a region where people are still just picking up the pieces of lives torn apart by the triple-punch (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear) disasters of March 11, 2011. 



JT Cassidy has contacted Food Safety Magazine

Bug History

Mar 15, 2015 1:46 am Open JT Cassidy
Mar 16, 2015 7:19 pm Open: Under Discussion JT Cassidy
Mar 16, 2015 7:19 pm Closed: Corrected JT Cassidy

Discussion Leave a comment


The editor of Food Safety Magazine responded to the email I sent over the weekend as soon as everyone got back to business on Monday.The magazine fixed the errors in the article, noting the corrections it made at the very top of the story, and then "tweeted" about the correction via Twitter. That's what I call responsible journalism. I give the editors five out of five stars for their response. *****

Mar 16, 2015 7:19 pm